Egypt: Mubarak party leaders can run for elections

Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, protest against Egypts military rulers in Tahrir Square on June 21, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian election officials have postponed the announcement of a winner in last weekends presidential run-off, stating they needed more time to evaluate charges of electoral abuse that could affect who becomes the country's next president. (Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images)
Egyptians celebrate the election of a new president. (File) (Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/14 7:27 am

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says a Cairo appeal court has ruled that leaders of the former ruling party of ousted President Hosni Mubarak will not be barred from running for elections.

The decision Monday overturns an earlier ruling that banned leaders of Mubarak's National Democratic Party from taking part in any elections. The party was dissolved following the uprising that toppled Mubarak in 2011.

Observers expect former NDP members to make a strong comeback in parliamentary elections expected later this year because they still have strong family and tribal networks and a tight system of patronage developed during the Mubarak years. The country's other most powerful political force, the Muslim Brotherhood, was declared a terrorist organization by the government.


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